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           BIG-IP APM web pages may be indexed by search engines
                             26 February 2019


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:           F5 BIG-IP products
Publisher:         F5 Networks
Operating System:  Network Appliance
Impact/Access:     Access Confidential Data -- Remote/Unauthenticated
Resolution:        Patch/Upgrade

Original Bulletin: 

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K88126845:BIG-IP APM web pages may be indexed by search engines

Security Advisory

Original Publication Date: 26 Feb, 2019

Security Advisory Description

This issue occurs when all of the following conditions are met:

  o Users connect to the BIG-IP APM system through the internet.
  o The BIG-IP APM system is reachable by search engines.


BIG-IP APM web pages may be enumerated and other data may be disclosed.


As a result of this issue, you may encounter the following symptom:

  o Web pages for your BIG-IP APM system are indexed by search engines.

Security Advisory Status

F5 Product Development has assigned ID 449232 to this issue. F5 has confirmed
that this issue exists in the products listed in the Applies to (see versions)
box, located in the upper-right corner of this article. For information about
releases, point releases, or hotfixes that resolve this issue, refer to the
following table.

|Type of fix       |Fixes introduced  |Related articles                       |
|                  |in                |                                       |
|Release           |11.6.0            |K2200: Most recent versions of F5      |
|                  |                  |software                               |
|Point release/    |None              |None                                   |
|hotfix            |                  |                                       |

Security Advisory Recommended Actions


  o Updating the robots.txt file
  o Creating an iRule that responds with the Disallow directive

Updating the robots.txt file

To mitigate this issue, you can instruct web crawlers to avoid the BIG-IP web
pages by updating the robots.txt file. In the robots.txt file on the backend
server that is accessed through the virtual server, add the following lines:

User-Agent: *
Disallow: /

Impact of action: Performing the suggested action should not have a negative
impact on your system.

Creating an iRule that responds with the Disallow directive

To work around this issue using an iRule, you can create a rule that matches
requests for the /robots.txt file and responds with the Disallow directive. To
do so, perform the following procedure:

Impact of workaround: Performing the following procedure should not have a
negative impact on your system.

 1. Log in to the BIG-IP APM Configuration utility.
 2. Navigate to Local Traffic > iRules.
 3. Click Create.
 4. In the Name box, enter a name for the iRule.
 5. In the Definition box, enter the following code:

    when HTTP_REQUEST {
       if { [string tolower [HTTP::path]] ends_with "/robots.txt" }{
          HTTP::respond 200 content "User-agent: *\r\nDisallow: /"

 6. Click Finished.
 7. Navigate to Local Traffic > Virtual Servers.
 8. In the Resources column, click Edit for the affected virtual server.
 9. Under iRules, click Manage.
10. In the Available box, click the name of the newly created iRule and move it
    to the Enabled box.
11. Click Finished.

Supplemental Information

o K51812227: Understanding Security Advisory versioning
  o K41942608: Overview of AskF5 Security Advisory articles
  o K4602: Overview of the F5 security vulnerability response policy
  o K4918: Overview of the F5 critical issue hotfix policy
  o K9502: BIG-IP hotfix and point release matrix
  o K13123: Managing BIG-IP product hotfixes (11.x - 13.x)
  o K167: Downloading software and firmware from F5
  o K9970: Subscribing to email notifications regarding F5 products
  o K9957: Creating a custom RSS feed to view new and updated documents

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